Thursday, April 17, 2014

prayer diary Maundy Thursday 17 April 2014 ( Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 
John 13.5

Christ, God and man, was not above the humble service of others. What are the ways in which you are too proud to serve, thinking such actions beneath you?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

prayer diary Spy Wednesday 16 April 2014 ( Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ 
John 13.22

Do not in your pride despise Judas. Rather, consider the ways you daily, even hourly, betray your Lord.

prayer diary Tuesday 15 April 2014 ( Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 
John 11.24

Deny yourself that you may die to self and thus bear much fruit for Christ.

Monday, April 14, 2014

prayer diary Monday 14 April 2014 ( Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’ 
John 11.8

There are some who think themselves too busy with the practical work of the Gospel to spend time in worship. Christ demands both of those who follow him.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Examin Sunday 13 April 2014

During this week we think more than ever on the Cross Christ bore for us. But where is the cross in your life? Christ told his disciples that they must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him. Consider your life – in what way do you deny yourself the pleasures and temptations of this world so that you may conform yourself to the will of Christ? What suffering is there in your life for the sake of the Gospel? Where is your cross? And if there is no cross in your life, in what way are you a follower of Christ?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Examin Saturday 12 April 2014

To carry our cross in this life is not easy. For most it means denying ourselves all that the world, the flesh, and the devil would tempt us with. Yet when all these seeming pleasures are seen in the light of his Resurrection, they mean little. Repent now of where you have fallen short and take up your cross anew and carry it joyfully to the eternal life that awaits.

prayer diary Saturday 12 April 2014 ( Day of Discipline and Self-denial)

'What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him' 
John 11.47,48

The authorities of Christ's day feared people's faith in him. They still do today. This is why they either try to subvert it to their own ends or try to undermine it. But we, faithful to the teaching passed on from the beginning, must stand fast.